Timmermans Strawberry - Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.

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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 18.56%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mora2000 on 09-29-2010

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.07/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cool various shades of pink from the liquid to the head, good retention. Straight up yummy aroma that is spot on strawberry.

Taste falters, all sweet, less fruit flavor, really didn't deliver on the strawberry flavor like it did the smell. No sourness. Or if there was, it was just dominated by the sweetness. Not good enough for a lambic. Light enough body, maybe wheat to it. Easy to drink, but I'd prefer to just smell this stuff as opposed to drink it.

$5 a bottle, can't recommend it. Unless you just like to smell beers.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.21/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Produced 26/01/11
(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a queer reddish-brown body that is murky, and a pink hue to the lumpy white head that last a good bit.

S- The strawberry milkshake aroma has an odd macaroni and cheese smell, like powdered yeast vegans eat instead of cheese. There is also a bubble gum ester note that comes through when the beer warms.

T- The fake strawberry flavor taste just like freeze dried ice cream with a sweet finish and a candy sugar note in there also.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz with no alcohol heat or astringency.

O- The big candy flavor is all artificial strawberry and there is no malt or hops to challenge it. The carbonation helps to cut the sweetness a bit but it is not enough.

Photo of plfahey
2.81/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. bottle (6/28/10) poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pinkish-orange-red hue with just a touch of haze to it. Head is nearly white but has the faintest hint of pink tone to it. Decent head retention.

Aroma-Overly sweet-smells like strawberry fruit snacks mixed with stewed strawberries. No other character or point of complexity to be found. Overly candy-like.

Flavor-My initial impression here is strawberry fruit snacks again. The sweet strawberry character is overwhelming up front and rather one dimensional, but fades relatively quickly, at first to a light strawberry candy flavor, followed by nothing. Flavor also has slight cider characters to it.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderately low carbonation. A heavy sugary character lingers on the palate-not quite cloying, but it gets close.

As with the other Timmermans lambic that I tried (the framboise), it is overly sweetened-quite reminiscent of strawberry fruit snacks. Overall a bad representation of a fruit lambic with no wild or tart character-it is entirely one dimensional. Tasty, but I can get Welch's Strawberry soda for a fraction of the price.

Photo of Ryan011235
1.71/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 5/1/11

Produced on 28/06/10

Rose-tinged and kind of murky. Similar once in the glass, though the color has more of a coppery bent. One and a half finger head is active and crackles away quickly. Fine layer of bubbles and collar retention. Specks of lace.

Strawberry takes a prominent role in the nose, comprising much of the aroma. While strawberries often smell quite nice, this seems really sweet much like the industrial grade strawberries I used to dish at the nursing home. Other than that there are hints of grains, earth and a slight funk. Meh.

Oh, this tastes bad. Upfront, it's as sweet as I feared. Sugary, strawberry concentrate to the max, like drinking bad faux strawberry candies. All the sweetness vanishes on the finish leaving a vapid, opening wrought with thin hints of dry erase marker, plastic and rotten grains. Putrid.

Medium body that's weighed down by granular sugar; it's so sweet it actually affects the feel. Moderate carbonation.

This is terrible stuff. Disgustingly sugary with nothing else of quality to round it out or otherwise make it worthwhile. The label dubs it, "Belgium's Finest Lambic Beer." Bunk. More than half the bottle went down the drain.

Photo of russwbeck
1.09/5  rDev -67.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A: Muddy red pour with an extremely fizzy head.

S: Oh God I cannot believe I am about to drink this. It smells like I left a bunch of Strawberry Jolly Ranchers in my car for the entire month of August and they melted...somehow fermented, and found their way into a bottle. Medicinal, sweet, disgusting.

T: How can the man on the front of this bottle want his likeness represented in such a way? I TRUSTED that man, liar. He led me to this beer as though to say, "Come, drink this. It's a lambic, I swear! Strawberry too, you love strawberries. Buy this!" And like the idiot that I am, I caved.

The beer is just so damn sweet. It honestly tastes like a bad candy from that dish at your grandmother's house you always wish you hadn't decided to try something from.

MF: WAY over carbonated. Awful aftertaste.

O: To call this a lambic is a disgrace to the style.

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Best by 2/24/11.

The beer pours a pinkish/orange/amber color with a white head. The aroma is exactly like the strawberry candy that comes wrapped in the red and green packages that look like strawberries. I don't get much funk or tartness at all in the aroma, just syrupy strawberry candy.

The flavor is strawberries with a light bit of funk. I don't get very much tartness at all. Not sure of the age of the beer, but it may have been drank too soon.

Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has a huge strawberry nose with traces of tartness. It pours pinkish, reddish amber with s slight haze under a white ¼” finely bubbled foam cap. The palate starts failrly sweet then finishes with a touch of tart and big strawberry from start to finish. Drinkable but a little too sweet for my tastes.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle with a BB of June 2013. Comes in a fancy paper wrapper. Picked up from a supermarket a while back and stored in my garage. The ingredients include 'flavourings' and artificial sweetner - not promising.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A deep, hazy amber hue with a pinkish tinge. Good carbonation but tons of chunky sediment or coagulated protein floating around. Yields a decent head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before collapsing to a surface layer. Aroma of sweet, juicy strawberries with hints of earthy yeast. A faint stale note in the background. The strawberries do smell convincingly real.

Tastes of sweet strawberries with a dry finish. Notes of juicy strawberries, sugar/sweetener, earthy yeast, subtle acidity and a mild staleness in the background. The flavour possesses a faintly harsh, artificial quality that is hard to pin down. Dry, with no bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and slightly acidic, with decent body and carbonation. A delicate astrigency, followed by an aftertaste of strawberries and dry, earthy yeast.

Hmmmm, so-so. Drinkable enough, and the sweetness allows it to go down easily, but it certainly isn't a quality lambic. The chunky sediment is rather vile. Smells nice, if one-dimensional, but the flavour has some vague off-notes that detract from the overall character. The body also has something that isn't quite right; a sort of dry viscosity that feels somehow artificial. An OK brew if you want something sweet and fruity, but falls far short of the true potential of lambic.

Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Brass Tap (Tampa).

Hazy strawberry-amber with a durable head ad decent lacing.

Aroma: Sweet and fruity with a hint of tartness. Somewhat vaguely strawberry.

Flavor: nice sweet/tart balance. Good strawberry flavor.

Feel: smooth and soft carbonation; medium-light body.

O: good for style but could be more complex and a touch more tart.

Photo of dowen17
3.02/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy pale orange/pink. Poured extremely hard and produced a 3 finger head.

Smell is tart and salty strawberries. More fruit in the nose than their other sours.

Taste is mostly sour and funk with some candied strawberry coming in hard in the end. Refreshing as are all the others.

Mouthfeel is just as their other beers. Good carbonation. Light but not watery.

One of their better sours. More fruit presence here.

Photo of McMatt7
4.18/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

strawberry strawberry strawberry strawberry strawberry

Photo of SteveMi
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap in a Timmermans flute like glass.

A - Pink as one would expect it to be. It looks somewhat like punch you'd expect to see at a prom just without the sherbert floating in it.

S - The smell is lightly of straberry but it's not strong. Not much else.

T - I didn't much like the taste. There is enough alchohol that the strawberry feels like it's trying to mask and overpower any taste that may come through. It reminded me of medicine. It wasn't terrible but I can't say I enjoyed it that much.

M - Light and high carbonation.

O - Lambics are not my usual thing so take it with a grain of salt but I don't think this is something I'd go for again.

Photo of hdofu
4.15/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours translucent pale red, with a white head. It smells like a strawberry pie. Taste is like strawberries but weaker then I was expecting, also less sweet which in some ways makes it have more in common with other beers compared with most lambics. The beer is also pretty smooth. Its a good beer to sip.

Photo of thagr81us
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a golden yellow-orange with a three finger white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, strawberry, cream, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, sugar, cream, strawberry, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I had this one a little while back out of the bottle and really enjoyed it. However, the on draught version left something to be desired. There was more of an earthy note on the nose that was a little abrasive with all the other aspects going on here. The flavor was very light which made it easy to drink, but not the most enjoyable thing I drank this night. I would suggest this to a new craft beer drinker that was a fan of fruit, but for the refined Lambic drinker, I wouldn't bother with it on tap.

Photo of KTCamm
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

4/25....Timer mans strawberry lambic. Fruity nose. Earthy strawberry taste. Slight tart. Light bodied. Good. 375 425 375 35 375

Photo of emerge077
1.67/5  rDev -50%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This foul affliction of a beer was served up on tap into a small flute at Smallbar Fullerton.

Goldenrod color, somewhat dense white foam, it didn't lace at all, but retained some degree of coverage across the top. If judged on appearance alone, you could have fooled me into thinking this was actually a lambic, based on the appearance and tap handle stating as much.

Saccharine sweet strawberry hard candy. The little red and green wrapper candy, with a liquid center... melt those down and pour it in, it smells the same. Utterly cloying and sickly sweet. Artificial sweetner has no place in a lambic, this is basically kool-aid.

Strawberry hard candy and stale bubblegum flavor. Sickly sweet like nutrasweet, or more likely Acesulfame K (not required to be listed on US labels). Artificial sweetner steamrolls any natural "lambic" or beer essence that may have been present before sweetening. Completely one-dimensional. Fizzy then suddenly flaccid on the palate.

This is absolute junk, a "wine-cooler" soda drink that bastardizes traditional Lambic. A product like this only serves to tear down Lambic brewers' historic cultural legacy (Timmermans own), in order to make a quick buck peddling alcopops to the oblivious masses.

If you want to know why people "hate on" beers like this, that's why. Sad that some don't understand how close lambic actually came to dying out due in large part to artificial junk like this.

"They out-Lindemans'ed Lindemans." ~acme

Photo of matjack85
2.34/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I picked up this single 11.2oz bottle at the Binny's store in Schaumburg, IL for $4.49. Freshness date of 18/11/11, so I figured I better drink it now as it only has a month to go.

The beer poured a hazy, pale pink strawberry color that made a finger's worth of white head inside my tulip glass. The head dissipated quickly, but it did leave some OK lacing.

Wow! No doubt this is a strawberry beer. Very pleasant and powerful strawberry smell.

Where did all the strawberries go, and where's the funky lambic yeast flavor? It nust have all evaporated in the smell because there sure isn't much left in the taste. This is a very bland and disappointing strawberry lambic. It tastes more like seltzer water with a little strawberry flavoring added. Some reviewers have said it's too sweet. I say it's not sweet enough and it's definitely not tart enough. This is a poor excuse for a Belgian lambic.

Light bodied with a dry mouthfeel. Neither fruity nor refreshing.

Wonderful smell, horrible taste. Can't recommend spending the money just to smell it. Pass on this one.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.87/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from 2/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a somewhat cloudy red orange amber. Thin head, but some lacing. Strong strawberry aroma with some funky notes. Flavor is sweet, strawberry juice prominent. Sweet-sour finish. Pleasant and drinkable. No complexity and not a great lambic. Perhaps a bit cloying to drink a lot of this at a sitting, but I enjoyed this glass.

Photo of metter98
2.87/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is very hazy pinkish orangey amber in color and poured with a thin off white head that faded away rather quickly leaving some lacy bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of sweet strawberries in the nose along with some hints of mustiness that resembles the smell of an aromatic cheese.
T: The taste shares similarities with the smell, starting out with sweet flavors of strawberries and ending with hints of sour, tart and musty flavors.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer wasn't too difficult to drink but I don't think that I would try another one of these.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle of the 2010 (June) vintage pours a hazed rust color with a fairly decent fine-bubbled head. Fades slowly to a nice little collar.

Nose is strawberry galore, waaay to much and too sweet for natural flavoring. Im sure this has been said before, but it smells like a strawberry soda.

Taste calms the sweetness down and a little bit of tartness and some earthy yeast/malt comes out. I actually kind of like it, although admittedly, I tend to like fruit beers from time to time. This one is not as cloyingly sweet as some and there is a light touch of funk underneath...maybe because it is 2 years old...is a welcome addition. "Belgium's Finest Limbic Beer" it is not, but a nice little fruit beer? Sure, I'll be happy to quaff this again.

Photo of atigerlife
3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Not sure why I even ordered this beer....

Pours a pinkish golden with a small white head that dissipates rather quickly. Interesting, curious.

Aroma of strawberries, candy and hay.

Taste is similar to strawberry jam that has been put into beer. Usually, I would hate this...but for some reason I'm finding it rather tolerable.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and moderately cleansing.

Overall, I didn't have high expectations. So, the fact that I found it rather curious and I finished it, says a lot. Definitely liked it better than I thought I would. Worth a try.

Photo of ShanePB
2.64/5  rDev -21%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on draft at The Drafting Room during their Russian River Beer Brunch event, after knocking out the RR beers I wanted, my girlfriend and I decided to give this a shot. 10 ounce pour into a tulip glass.

A: Murky brown with some maroon hues intertwined, topped with a moderately fluffy and slightly off-white head. Honestly, it's kind of an ugly beer to look at, really nothing attractive here at all. It looks sort of like darkened pureed strawberries.

S: Sugar crystals, strawberry hard candy, raspberry and a very faint grain / barnyard note.

T: An immediate wash of sweet and sugary strawberry flavor coats the palate. It's artificial, candy-like and ridiculously sweet. It doesn't really taste BAD but it's nothing I can drink a lot of. Some ever so slight tart qualities come through, finished by an almost caramel malt backbone.

M: Bubbly, very carbonated, finishing a bit dry and sticky. Not too bad for the style but I could do without the dryness.

I really had no clue what to expect going into this beer, it was an interesting Lambic but really sweet and artificial tasting for my likings. My girlfriend felt the same way. It's nothing I'd order again.

Photo of Lode1978
3.82/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

When I opened the 25cl, bottle I immediately smelled the strawberries. Colour is orangy, like a regular gueuze beer. Flavour is pre-dominantly sour, strawberry flavour is there, but discretely. Glad it isn't one of those extremely sweet beers, it is sour but moderately. Nice refreshing beer to drink on a hot summer day.

Photo of patre_tim
4.18/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Peach colour, an orange with a pink tinge, slightly cloudy, medium low carbonation slight pinkish white head fades fast.

S: Strawberries and strawberry jam, reminds me of a strawberry filled donut as the scent is quite sweet. A deeper sniff reveals the sour lambic quality. Sour, slight balsamic vinegar.

T: Lovely sour lambic quality much more present in the taste. Sweet strawberry jam, sour slight vinegar, slight wine, then the unmistakable soured fruit quality. Complex musty barrel quality as well.

A resemblance to strawberry yogurt.

M: Medium acidic body, lots of soda like carbonation.

O: Really like this, my first strawberry lambic. Would go well with fruity desserts and creamy cheese. Complex and interesting.

Photo of dbrauneis
2.86/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Beer Authority in New York, NY

A: Pours a very hazy golden ruby red in color with some hints of orange when held up to the light and minimal amounts of visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a finger and a half tall fizzy pinkish white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet strawberry but slightly artificial or sweetened strawberry - like you would get in a jar of jelly or jam. There is a very light note of tartness near the finish and just a hint of mustiness.

T: Very similar to the smell, the beer's flavor is dominated by sweet strawberry with a jam like quality and just a touch of tartness in the finish.

M: Light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Very little acidic prickliness.

O: The flavor and aroma of the beer is just a little too sweet (artificial) for my preference. Pretty easy to drink but a little too sweet to be sessionable.

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